Countdown confirms Anne Robinson will replace Nick Hewer as host

Catherine Earp
·2-min read
Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

From Digital Spy

Countdown has announced its new host to replace Nick Hewer.

Anne Robinson will be taking over the seat – making her the first woman to present the show.

The former Weakest Link host was announced on Steph's Packed Lunch, with her name appearing in a Countdown-style conundrum.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Speaking of her new job, Anne said: "I am beyond thrilled to be joining Countdown. The show is almost as old as I am and just as historic.

"I am particularly excited to be working alongside the show's two other formidable women.

"Worryingly, Susie [Dent] and Rachel [Riley] are not only very smart but younger, prettier and thinner than me. Sadly, there's no time for another face lift so I'll have make do with this old one."

She added: "Three Clever Girls Do Countdown! Don't you love the sound of that?

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"I am a crossword nut so the Countdown conundrums I can make sense of. But the adding up and taking away – I can't go much further than working out the fee once my agent takes his cut."

Nick announced last year that he was set to leave the show after a decade, having previously taken over from Jeff Stelling.

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Photo credit: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

"Delighted to be back in the Countdown studio after another enforced lockdown, BUT this latest lockdown has given me an opportunity to consider my future life and I've decided it's a good time to step down at the end of my contract in the New Year," he wrote at the time.

"As someone in his 77th year, who will be in his 10th year hosting the great British institution that is Countdown, I think it's time to smell the flowers and get a dog.

"But let me now take the opportunity to say that it's been a privilege and a pleasure to take the helm of Countdown, first broadcast back in 1982 and still a Guinness record holder."

The show was famously hosted by Richard Whiteley from its start in 1982, until his death in 2005.

Countdown airs on Channel 4.

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